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They say in technology that if you’re not studying something new then you’re already behind. I’ll admit there were times in my career where I did feel like I was behind the technological curve. But never enough that I was... Continue reading
Posted Apr 12, 2021 at Mark Twomey
Making my own player character for a Dungeons & Dragons game drives me a bit mad. I usually spend my time on the other side of the screen attempting to keep player created chaos from imploding the universe I have... Continue reading
Posted Apr 10, 2021 at Mark Twomey
I groan anytime I see someone from the Australian government claim their battle against the tech giants about media royalty payments is to ‘protect local news.’ The largest beneficiary of this action is News Corporation, who demolished local news during... Continue reading
Posted Feb 20, 2021 at Mark Twomey
I’m not happy with the European Commission’s actions this week but I think the EU will now emerge from the pandemic with a better sense of what is important. A harsh set of lessons at a terrible price. The vaccine... Continue reading
Posted Jan 31, 2021 at Mark Twomey
I can see the tactical case in Big Tech looking to crush Trump and scatter his followers today, but strategically I think the timing is wrong. This would have been a finishing move were Trump a private citizen. When done... Continue reading
Posted Jan 8, 2021 at Mark Twomey
Sitting in the cinema it did not take me long to realise the latest Wonder Woman was not for me. By the end of the movie I did question who exactly this movie was for? I was surprised by how... Continue reading
Posted Dec 27, 2020 at Mark Twomey
I get why people don’t like Raised By Wolves but there was an episode early on where I could see the outline of the first season arc and it kept me watching. My suspicion was correct, and this is a... Continue reading
Posted Dec 22, 2020 at Mark Twomey
I’ve been doing my last bit of online shopping with UK retailers. I’m sorry to see this end. Every UK retailer I’ve dealt with has provided good service. That said, the new Brexit related customs charges and taxes will mean... Continue reading
Posted Dec 13, 2020 at Mark Twomey
I’ve been taking every Wednesday in November off work. I wanted to mix up the working week and this is doing it. I now finish the week twice. There’s the last push on a Tuesday because I drop off the... Continue reading
Posted Nov 17, 2020 at Mark Twomey
It looks like Pfizer’s BNT162b2 and Moderna’s mRNA-1273 vaccines will receive approval for widescale deployment across the European Union and the United States before the end of this year. Both are built on cutting-edge RNA technology which has never been... Continue reading
Posted Nov 15, 2020 at Mark Twomey
In classical literature we are told the Titan, Prometheus, held one of the most important secrets in ancient mythology. He knew who would overthrow Zeus and bring an end the reign of the Olympian gods. In the Greek tragedy, Prometheus... Continue reading
Posted Nov 9, 2020 at Mark Twomey
I believe there should be a political party that only represents future generations. While every mainstream party will claim they have the interest of future generations at heart, they cannot. The reality is that governments today provide services and have... Continue reading
Posted Nov 7, 2020 at Mark Twomey
I had planned to write a short blog post on friendship, but I went down a rabbit hole reading about social capital. The title for this post is together apart but when you read of the decline of social capital... Continue reading
Posted Nov 1, 2020 at Mark Twomey
The Great Influenza by John M. Barry proved to be a difficult read for me under the circumstances in which we find ourselves. Normally I would have ground through it at a reasonable clip. Current events had me pressing forward... Continue reading
Posted Oct 31, 2020 at Mark Twomey
The thing about lockdown is that I think it ages you. Not physically (I could do with more exercise though) but socially and mentally. With everything shut down I suspect this is what it's like to be an old age... Continue reading
Posted Oct 26, 2020 at Mark Twomey
I suspected this was going to be light when I read the blurb on the back cover and looks were not deceiving. One chapter in, with the sunk cost fallacy at work, I charged forward into My Best Friend’s Exorcism... Continue reading
Posted Sep 14, 2020 at Mark Twomey
This is a brilliant story well told. In Eccentric Orbits a retiree goes to bankruptcy court and writes a personal check as a deposit on the Iridium satellite constellation. Cost of Iridium development to Motorola and its partners? $6 Billion+... Continue reading
Posted Sep 5, 2020 at Mark Twomey
Brandon Sanderson writes 400 pages of story across a 1233 page book. I pulled this off the unread pile last week knowing that has been the case with the first two books in his Stormlight series and it continues in... Continue reading
Posted Sep 4, 2020 at Mark Twomey
Clive James was old when I was young. A man who smoked so many cigarettes per day you would question whether he trusted any air he could not see. Even when seated he looked stooped. A damp sack of flour... Continue reading
Posted Aug 19, 2020 at Mark Twomey
Another staycation day, another book. This book opens with exploding Galaxy 7s and Samsung’s paralysis, evasion, deception, and eventual recognition of a dangerous flaw in their flagship handset. Imperial rulers prefer to tell you what the truth is and Samsung’s... Continue reading
Posted Aug 18, 2020 at Mark Twomey
The weather today has been abominable so I finished the latest staycation book much sooner than I had expected. The problem I am now faced with is that "I’m Thinking of Ending Things" is a psychological thriller/horror novel that is... Continue reading
Posted Aug 17, 2020 at Mark Twomey
Drew Barrymore is Harley Quinn if Harley Quinn decided she wanted two children and a house filled with pets. After the slog of yesterday's staycation book it was time to breeze through something and Barrymore’s memoir “Wildflower” proved to be... Continue reading
Posted Aug 16, 2020 at Mark Twomey
Another staycation day, another book from the unread pile bites the dust. This time it was a deep dive into armed conflict resolution in Talking to Terrorists: How to End Armed Conflicts. Jonathan Powell, chief of staff to former British... Continue reading
Posted Aug 15, 2020 at Mark Twomey
My plans for the current staycation are to put a dent in the unread book pile. The first book out was timely since the subject died this week. Recently departed media mogul, Sumner Redstone, was an uncompromising man. The King... Continue reading
Posted Aug 14, 2020 at Mark Twomey
WarnerMedia have taken an axe to DC Comics. It is past time. As a multi-decade DC Comics reader, three years ago I found myself in a comics shop facing a wall of trash written by lazy, activist, dilettantes. Those people and all their friends have to go during this industry contraction. Take the entire comic book industry and cut the number of titles in half. Shrink the current staffing to a quarter of what it is now. That’s the future of the comic book industry. No one discusses comic book stories on Twitter. They discuss the latest Twitter freak outs... Continue reading
Posted Aug 11, 2020 at Zilla's Parting Shot